Planning Advocacy

As the largest community based heritage organisation in Victoria, the National Trust is the leading independent body campaigning to protect heritage places under threat.

Our Advocates

Paul Roser

Paul (Senior Manager, Advocacy & Conservation) joined the National Trust in October 2009 following ten years at Heritage Victoria working on statutory heritage issues, and an earlier stint as a volunteer and staff member for the Trust in the late 1990s. Paul holds a BA Hons, MA, Grad Dip Architecture History & Conservation, and business qualifications from the UK. Paul’s responsibilities are our advocacy and community engagement including our Branch network, VCAT and Planning Panels, oversight of Advisory Committees, delivery of our Reconciliation Action Plan, Heritage Festival and heritage awards program. | @paul_roser


Anna Foley

Anna is the National Trust’s Senior Environmental Advocate, and focuses on the conservation of Victoria’s natural heritage; a broad mandate encompassing heritage trees and gardens, significant landscapes, parks and reserves.  Anna coordinates several key projects for the Trust, including the Gallipoli Oaks Project, the National Register of Significant Trees and the Trust Trees iPhone app. | @Anna_Foley_


Felicity Watson

Felicity is the National Trust’s Senior Community Advocate, and leads several of our biggest campaigns on urban heritage.  Felicity is focused on the development of strategic programs to raise the profile of heritage in Victoria and further the advocacy goals of the National Trust.  Felicity is also the editor of National Trust magazine. | @felixexplody


Rosalind Mearns

Rosalind is our Community Advocate, and the first point of contact for Trust members and others in the community who have questions and concerns about heritage and conservation, or just amazing stories to tell.  Rosalind provides support on advocacy issues, and also coordinates our two biggest community-based programs: the annual National Trust Heritage Festival and the regional Heritage Awards Program.


Advocacy Priorities

We advocate for improved legislation, regulation, management, resourcing, protection, celebration and interpretation of natural and cultural heritage by the government at all levels.

We advocate for protection and conservation of classified places and places with demonstrable heritage significance under threat or at risk of destruction or major and irretrievable loss of significance. We prioritise in order of international, national, state, regional and local significance.

We advocate for the identification, protection, conservation and celebration of under-represented and emerging types and classes of heritage places.

Heritage Planning Advocacy

The Trust monitors metropolitan Melbourne and regional and rural Victoria for planning issues that affect heritage places. We will advocate for the inclusion of places in local heritage studies, and we will appear at planning panels, advisory committees and VCAT as necessary.

Environmental Advocacy

We are actively working to raise awareness of Victoria’s unique landscapes, historic gardens and significant trees and advocate for their protection and appreciation.

You can find out more about the Trust’s advocacy projects on our blog, Trust Advocate.


How can you support us?

As a non-government, not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the support of our members to continue advocating for the protection of our valuable heritage places. In addition to your tip-offs about places under threat, membership the best way to support us AND enjoy free entry to more than 800 hundred properties and gardens throughout Victoria, Australia and overseas. You can join online here!

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